Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. It’s also National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a day of observance for those who have passed away while experiencing homelessness.
Last night, The People For Fairness Coalition held an overnight vigil in Freedom Plaza for the lives lost this year in the District and to stand in support of affordable housing programs that could ensure that no man, woman, or child has to die while living on the street or in shelters.
Today, the National Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the community will come together to honor and celebrate the memories of these men and women. Services will begin at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Avenue, NW) at noon, and a walking memorial procession will follow from 1pm-2pm.
The Legal Clinic honors the lives of all the men and women below and will continue to advocate for a right to housing so that soon there will be no names to read.
In MemoriamGraddy Baxter Christian Blake Larry Bowles Bruce Crayton Gwendolyn Dawkins Eloise “El” Early Patrick Early Howard Franklin Andrew Shepherd Green Allison Lee Jefferson McNair Johnny Molloy Manuel Morales Thomas Norman Michael Richardson Johnny Carlyn Rossettos, Sr. (“Charlie Noodles”) Elgin Sanders Joyner Savage Pedro Sorto Sheila Young David Waters Paul Wayne White